Nasarawa Impeachment Panel Dismisses All 16 Count Allegations Against Al-Makura
The Impeachment Panel instituted to probe the allegation leveled against Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State by 20 of the twenty four members of the House of Assembly has dismissed all 16 count allegations leveled against the governor.
The Panel lead by its chairman, Yusuf Usman Ahmed resumed from a brief recess after the Tuesday morning where the counsel to the governor and the lawmakers made their submissions.
The State Assembly had on Monday declared the inauguration of the panel by the State Chief Judge, Suleiman Dikko, as unconstitutional saying it would stay away from the probe.
But on Tuesday, the Assembly made a u-turn, and sent a legal team led by Ocha Ulegede to represent it before the panel, but Olegede who appeared before the panel, stormed out mid-way.
Indication that the 7-man panel constituted by the Chief Judge of Nasarawa state, Justice Suleiman Umaru Dikko, will dismiss the charges appeared yesterday when the lawmakers shunned the panel sitting, whereas Governor- Al-Makura appeared before the panel and asked the court to dismiss the allegations leveled against him by the lawmakers.
Before leaving however, Mr. Ulegede presented a protest letter written by the legislators and argued that some members of the panel were also members of a political party and that their appointments negated the provision of Section 188 in the composition of the panel.
He said that the provision did not give the Chief Judge absolute power to appoint members of the panel.
Mr. Ulegede also said the provision stated that panel members must not belong to any political party, be a government appointee or be a person with questionable character.
But the panel which went on recess after the submission of the lawmaker’s legal resumed sitting and dismissed all the 16 count charges, saying it was made after consideration of submissions made by both parties through their legal representatives.
He said the panel, however dismissed the case because the House failed to prove all of the 16 allegations against the governor, with evidence.
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